Cruise the Streets of St. John from Your Own Home!

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Cruz Bay on Apple Maps

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I know how much you’re all missing St. John. Unfortunately you cannot physically visit the island today, but you can visit it virtually … all while taking a little journey down memory lane! And I know many of you, like me, are spending countless hours at home these days, so this is a great way to pass the time.

Today we want to talk to you about maps – Apple and Google maps specifically. Both offer the opportunity to take virtual trips around the island. With Apple, you can check out the island in 3D. And on Google, you can actually drive down the street. The only caveat is that most, if not all, of the images are from our pre-storm world.

Let’s start with Apple Maps. Grab your iPhone or iPad, and open the Maps application. Then either find St. John on the map, or type in Cruz Bay. Once you have St. John on your screen, hit the little “i” icon on the top right. Then click Satellite. You will see 2D on the top right of the screen. Click that and 3D will appear. You’ll immediately see a change on your screen.

From there, you simply explore. You can zoom in pretty far and also spin the map around. Press your fingers together and apart to see different perspectives. Here’s a shot of Cruz Bay:

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Cruz Bay

Want to know what the Westin looked like before the storms? Well here is an image of that:

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The Westin

Check out the Annaberg ruins:

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How about Marea, the stunning, sprawling compound located at the end of Ditliff Point? Well here is an image of that:

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Marea on Ditliff Point

As you can see from the images above, there is so much to look at.

Now let’s talk about Google Maps. This is accessible to everyone regardless of what type of device you have. Pull up Google Maps and then click Satellite in the lower lefthand side of your screen. You will then see a small yellow “man” appear in the bottom right corner. You can drag and drop him to most areas on the map. The real that will work have a blue line on them. Once you drop the “man,” you will be in Street View. You can then literally drive down the streets of St. John simply by clicking the arrows on the screen.

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Click the yellow man, then drag and drop him to a place on the screen.

Here we are driving down the street toward the ferry dock:

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Trunk Bay overlook anyone?

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And one of my favorites, the road to Annaberg when the trees formed a beautiful tunnel…

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Again, all of these images were taken before the storms. I did see a Google Maps car on the island several months back, so the images should be updated at some point.

How fun is this?! It’s like being on St. John when you are physically unable to. 🙂

That’s all we have for you today, folks. Have a great day! Stay safe & stay inside if you’ve been asked to. The more we work together on this, the quicker our lives can return to normal … and the quicker I can see you all again! I miss you all!


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11 thoughts on “Cruise the Streets of St. John from Your Own Home!”

  1. Love this idea, and thanks, Jenn. Anything we can get of St. John makes us happier. We just had a wonderful Zoom virtual “coffee hour” with good friends we originally got to know n St. John at Gallows Point Resort over the years. We would meet at “our” table by the pool there each morning at 8 and “solve” the problems of the world. It’s great to keep in touch with a beloved place and the good friends we made there.

  2. This is so fun!!! Doing this with my kiddos today! My 2 year old loved your March 12, 2020 YouTube video with Kenny music in the background. We are huge Kenny fans, so when he heard that music and the video of the beach he got so excited. Thanks for the continued updates and posts. Love for your weekend and holiday. ❤️

  3. Thank you, Jenn. Happy Easter! God willing, we will be in our home in Cruz Bay next month. Thanks for keeping us there in spirit! 🙂

  4. That picture of Ditleff Point proves much more destruction of beautiful natural St John than any storm could ever inflict because it was pure avoidable greed.

  5. that’s pretty awesome and thank you! but like the song goes, “ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby”. I really hope the island pressures the Governor to pick a “date certain” when things will reopen. I am on the verge on cancelling my June trip (under the usual 30 day cancel policy). in a few more weeks the island could see a deserted July as well.

  6. I’ve been “traveling” the world via Google Maps for several years. I love it! Been through the streets of Venice, checked to see if the house where I lived in Germany was still there, and of course, been all over St. John.
    Love the pictures you posted of pre-storm St. John.

    Happy Easter, everyone.

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